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a bound to close guantanamo, president obama signs the national defense authorization act barring use of federal funds to transfer guantanamo prisoners to u.s. soil. 166 prisoners remain in guantanamo, which opened 11 years ago this week. 86 of them have been cleared for release. today we look at the case of one man, al jazeera's sami al-hajj, the only journalist held at guantanamo. held by the u.s. military for more than six years without charge, sami al-hajj was reportedly tortured repeatedly tortured, attack by dogs, hung from the ceiling. in january 2007, he began a hunger strike that lasted 438 days until his release. >> i go on hunger strike for many reasons. we are held in guantanamo without charge, without cause. they did not give us a chance to go to court about our case. >> today, a "democracy now!" exclusive, an extended broadcast interview with sami al-hajj from the headquarters of al jazeera in doha. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. a u.s. drone attack has killed eight people in the paki
was reportedly among the dead. the ongoing drone attacks come days after a federal judge ruled the obama administration is under no obligation to publicly disclose their legal justification. the american civil liberties union and the new york times had filed a lawsuit under the freedom of information act demanding u.s. government disclose the legal basis for launching drone strikes overseas. the suit was filed after the u.s. kill the american-born cleric anwar al awlaki in yemen despite having never charged him with a crime. in upholding the obama at the ministration's right to secrecy, u.s. district judge colleen mcmahon expressed misgivings about the drone program itself writing -- the alice-in-wonderland nature some of the first details have emerged on the white house's effort to tackle gun control in the aftermath of last month's shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut. the washington buzz reports the task force overseen by vice- president joe biden is mulling proposals include some reinstatement of the expired ban on assault weapons and high- capacity magazines, universal backgrou
will do well. i hope the senate will confirm him as quickly as possible. >> as president obama taps jack lew to replace timothy geithner as treasury secretary, we look at his time at the top of citigroup which bet on the housing market to collapse and his backing of the deregulation of wall street. what do you believe the deregulation of wall street pushed by people like alan greenspan contributed significantly to the disaster we saw on wall street several years ago? >> i don't personally know the extent to which deregulation drove it, but i don't believe deregulation was the proximate cause. >> we will speak with former financial regulator william black, author of "the best way to rob a bank is to own one." and matt taibbi with this new piece, the tax secrets and lies of the bella." >> par sabbai the treasury, it is all done by ex wall street people and current wall street people. ordinary people really do not have input into any of this. >> then, haiti. three years after the earthquake that killed over 300,000 people, we speak to jonathan katz, author of, "the big truck that went by: h
to publicly as drones. >> president obama prepares to nominate john brennan to head the cia. that the assassination czar, brennan has played a key role backing some of the most controversial post 9-eleven policies from the secret drone war to extraordinary rendition to wireless surveillance. we will look it the nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football players in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. up to 18 people have been killed in the latest u.s. drone attacks on pakistan's tribal areas. the strikes hit what pakistani officials described as separate compounds belonging
of defense. he has been criticized for opposing israel -- opposing strong action against iran. obama has also nominated john brennan to head the central intelligence agency. we cross over now live to washington. what more can you tell us about obama's pics? -- picks? >> john brennan is truly an insider. he has 25 years of counterintelligence experience. he has been a trusted advisor for the republicans and the democrats. he is very much trusted by obama. it is said that he only needed to raise his hand if he wanted the job, and, apparently, that is what he did. he he supported the so-called enhanced interrogation technique, most commonly known as waterboarding, back under the bush administration am a but that should not keep him from being nominated -- bush administration thomas but that should not keep him from being -- back under the bush administration. that should not keep him from being confirmed. he is a real vietnam veteran, chuck hagel. that is not what is controversial about him. he is a very outspoken politician. he was a republican senator, but it is the republicans who do not like
to australia for report. three men of somali descent are arraigned in new york. president obama continues the controversial practice of rendition, secretly detaining, transporting, and holding prisoners overseas. part two of our exclusive interview with sami al-hajj, the of jazeera journalist imprisoned and tortured at guantanamo for six years. >> when i was in guantanamo, i asked myself maybe it is a good chance for me to be a journalist in guantanamo to be a witness. [indiscernible] >> we speak with the al jazeera journalist at al jazeera headquarters in doha, qatar. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. new figures have confirmed 2012 was the hottest year on record for the continental united states. on tuesday, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration announced an average temperature for 2012 of 55.3 degrees, one degree above the previous record and 3.2 degrees more than the 20th century average. temperatures were above normal in every month between june 2011 and september 2012, a 16-month stret
to confirm them as soon as possible. >> that may be easier said than done as barack obama names the man he wants to run the cia. cleaning up the mortgage massive 2000 aid. u.s. banks agreed to settle billions of dollars worth of compensation claims. challenging china's new leadership, a journalist protest over censorship in her rare public display of dissent. -- in a rare public display of dissent. the u.s. president has nominated two key allies to top jobs in his new administration. chuck hagel will become the first former soldier to hold the post of secretary of defense. john brennan would become the new head of cia. both appointments have to be approved by the u.s. senate. nominations have already caused controversy. >> president obama is putting the finishing touches to his national security team. introducing the man he wants to lead the pentagon and cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> both nominees face difficult questions before they are confirmed in the u.s. senate. chuck hagel seem
. u.s. president barack obama has made controversial choices for two of the top jobs in his government. is nominated chuck hagel for defense secretary and john brenan as dia director. both of them must now be approved by the u.s. senate. now this report. >> with his second term soon to begin, president obama is putting the finishing touches to his national security team. introducing the men that he wants to lead the pentagon and the cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect our country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> both nominees face difficult questions before they are confirmed in the u.s. senate. table seems perfect for the pentagon. a decorated combat veteran in vietnam and a former republican senator from nebraska. some conservatives say that he is not strong enough supporter of israel, even though he voted many times to send billions of dollars in u.s. financial aid. >> i will do my best for our country and those i represent at the pentagon, and for all our citizens. a john brenan is a long time administration officials spent 25 y
for his role in the obama administration's drone warfare overseas. in his remarks at the time, brennan had said there was not a single collateral death in the previous year of drone attacks. his letter qualified his remarks by saying he had no information to the at the time. it has been revealed the u.s. a massacre at the time convict pakistani concerns directly to the highest levels of the obama white house. the concern centered around a march 2011 strike that killed 42 pakistani, most of them civilians. vice-president joe biden met with gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday as part of his task force on tackling gun violence in the united states. in a welcome message to his guests, biden vowed president obama would take meaningful action through executive order if need be. >> we are here today to deal with the problem that requires immediate action, urgent action. the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in a photo opportunity just ask you what your opinions are. we're reaching out to all parties on whatever side of this debate you fall. b
with his afghanistan counterpart, president obama says they will take a support role in afghanistan this spring. >> it is election time in germany and the chancellor's competition's popularity plunges. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> hollande has announced the french troops have gone on an intervention in mali. this came a request for help out to the west african's country's president. >> they're continuing their drive southward. they already control two-thirds of the former french colony. >> they are on advance. they are now threatening to take this out as well. they are reported to have overrun the strategically important town in central mali. the army has so far been unable to recapture it. as the year grew that they could establish a safe haven for as long as the militants, there was growing pressure for assistance and now france has started military operations. >> french army forces gave their support this afternoon to units in mali to fight against terrorist elements. >> so far, the german government is holding back. >> a military solution
they are innocent. the former republican senator charles hegel is expected to be nominated by president obama as the next defense secretary. he has proven to be a controversial choice. >> he was a member of the u.s. senate before retiring in 2009. he spent the last three years advising president obama on key issues. on the iraq war he said there is no strategy. on the issue of iran's nuclear ambitions, how is it that we can have nuclear-weapons -- they cannot have nuclear-weapons but our allies can. he called for talks, and that raised a red flag, worried about how he could be in charge of a one-on-one military relationship between the u.s. and israel. president obama arrived back from hawaii, ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan pay. he is also looking for a fight. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the been gauzy situation. -- been gauzy -- benghazi situation. if you wish to vote against him, hats off to you. mitch mcconnell has been appearing on sunday broadcasts. agel comesen chuck hege up, he will be given tough but fair ques
worry that farming could die out in the land where it was born. >> u.s. president barack obama is expected to put forward former republican senator chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. his nomination is concerning politicians on both sides. here is why -- during the iraq war, he said there was no strategy and called it a game of ping-pong. on a run, he has said the us -- on iran, he has said the u.s. should not be able to dictate which countries have nuclear weapons. we have been following this story. >> president obama arrived back , ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan pick. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the benghazi situation. president obama is saying, i'm putting up chuck hagel, and i'm not withdrawing his name. republicans, if you wish to vote against him in the confirmation hearings, then that is up to you. mitch mcconnell, the minority leader in the senate, says that when chuck hagel comes up for confirmation, assuming he is nominated, then he will be given tough, but fair questioning. >> u.s. sec
. >> reporting from gabon, thank you very much. >> much more ahead. u.s. president barack obama looking at bypassing congress to enforce tighter gun laws. a makeover for the board game monopoly. you decide which changes get to pass go. >> unsettled picture across europe. particularly this weather system pulling cold air in behind it. we are likely to see snow developing across parts of poland, into northern parts of germany. further south, colder air across more southeastern parts of europe, giving outbreaks of very light snow. we also have snow across parts of france in toward the alpine area. the u.k. enjoying drier weather. not particular warm, temperatures only seven degrees and londonderry but across siberia, dry and fine, a high of 10 degrees. moving into northern parts of africa, quiet weather conditions expected. in little coal on the coast of algeria. -- a little cool. germany still quite cold, just 16 degrees expected in cairo. central parts of africa, affecting southern parts of the democratic republic of condo. southern parts of africa heavy rain across angola extending acro
to hold talks with barack obama. we have more from washington. >> u.s. troop levels, u.s. financial aid, and political support for the afghan central government. those are some of the key issues dominating the agenda as hamid karzai continues his visit to washington. he has already met with leon panetta to talk specifically about the u.s. forces that would be necessary after the official end of the war of the end of 2014. the question will be what kind of responsibility will the troops have and what kind of legal protection will they have to carry out their mission. one thing the u.s. is keen to improve as the afghan security forces are capable of providing for national security across the country, but there are some critics who suggest this may be optimistic talk, given one out of the 23 decisions, just one is capable of carrying out of this sort of security without support and guidance from the u.s. or allied forces. the other 22 still need a lot of training. they still have problems with troops going a wall, aw -- going awol, and they still have problems with the taliban. the u.s. do
.s. and 13 abroad. many were living with their abusers. the obama administration has unveiled new rules allowing undocumented immigrants to avoid lengthy separations from u.s. family members while applying for legal status. current u.s. policy forces immigrants who entered the country without authorization to return to their native countries for visas, then bars them from re-entering the u.s. for as long as a decade. starting in march, family members who can demonstrate extreme hardship if separated from u.s. family members may be eligible for a waiver allowing them to re-enter the country more quickly. the new policy could potentially spare hundreds of thousands of families from being kept apart. new scientific research has shed further doubt on claims about the environmental benefits of the natural-gas drilling process known as fracking. researchers with the national oceanic and atmospheric administration and the university of colorado say methane may be escaping from gas sites at much higher rates than previously thought. data suggests as much as 9% of total methane produced may be l
you are hearing over and over from the obama white house and other governments around the world. there is this concern that this might be working for bolivia, but when you look at it from a global standpoint, bolivia is not living up to obligations that it has pledged to work with other countries regarding security issues and violence. >> there is an alice in wonderland quality to the u.s. criticisms. because there is a global cocaine market, bolivia, even with the help of its neighbors, like brazil, it is not going to stop cocaine trafficking on its own. columbia has not stopped it and peru is not doing it. the question is, how can you manage in a way that does not cause -- colombia has not stopped it and peru is not doing it. bolivia has really good innovation. that does not mean they do not have enormous challenges. bolivia is a transit company for cocaine from peru to big markets in argentina and new york. it is more complicated than just production and consumer countries. it is more complicated than bolivia's doing a good job or not. -- bolivians do a good job or not. >> yo
his holiday in hawaii, obama will face another problem. in march, congress must raise the debt limit and agree on spending cuts. >> north korean leader kim jong delivered a surprising message, promising plenty of change for 2013. in the televised speech, he vowed to turn around the country's floundering economy. and he called for an end to the long running feud with south korea. , this year, the entire korean nation should join the nature attic -- this year, the entire korean nation should join the patriotic effort to end the division of the country. it is important to remove confrontation between north and south. , it was the first new year's address by a north korean leader in -- it was the first new year's address by a north korean leader in 19 years. the international response was skeptical. germany says that north korea needs to match its words with actions. >> in ivory coast, new year's celebrations ended in tragedy. at least 60 people were killed and 200 injured during a stampede as crowds left fireworks display in the country's largest city of abidjan. many of the victims wer
in to meet barack obama. around 58,000 american troops are still serving there. the french president has vowed to stop the advance of al qaeda revels in mali. french troops have already arrived. witnesses are saying that they have touched the darman the french planes have been reportedly flying in the area. some soldiers were already stationed in the country for training services as a part of an agreement. this is coming after they pushed the army out of the town 600 kilometers northeast. it was some of the fiercest fighting since the of qaeda-led group began taking control nine months ago. >> the terrorists have recently regrouped on a line that artificially separates north and south mali. they want to strike a fatal blow to the very existence. we cannot accept this. we're facing an aggression. i have decided france is ready to act on behalf of our african partner request of the authority. this is strictly within the u.n. security council. this is the requirement of solidarity and responsibility. four rebels in the central african republic say they will observe a week-long cease-fire as
the president of mexico should meet with president obama and give him some good ideas. >> as long as she has her health, nothing seems likely to slow her down, not even retirement. >> shares in boeing have fallen after a dream minor suffered a fuel leak. this comes today after another dreamliner blogging to japan airlines had been on board fire minutes after touching down in boston. >> another incident to hit japan airlines and its dreamliner aircraft. the flight was traveling from boston with 178 passengers on board. the crew reported a fuel leak and headed back to the terminal. it is the second incident in two days to hit the airline and this type of aircraft. on monday a fire was discovered on board soon after passengers and crew arrived after a 13-hour flight, and and exploded battery is being blamed. this is not the first problems since it first entered service in october of 2011. in july of last year they grounded all of the 787's after a gear box made one of the engines failed. last month and three minor developed electrical issues, and another had to change flight in the air because of e
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